Coranavirus: homeless young people

Centrepoint has published a series of FAQs to support vulnerable young people who are homeless or facing the risk of being homeless during the coronavirus outbreak. Read the news story here > […]

Coronavirus: care experienced children

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has recorded a message for care experienced young people on Facebook. The message encourages children and young people to reach out for the help and support they need.   View the Facebook message here > […]

Coronavirus: online safety for children

The National Crime Agency (NCA) CEOP command has launched a campaign to help keep children safe online during the coronavirus pandemic. The #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign contains home activity packs with 15-minute activities for parents and carers to do with their children using CEOP’s Thinkuknow educational resources. New activities will be launched fortnightly. The NCA has warned […]

The Children and Families Minister sends her thanks to the fostering community

This is a very difficult time for all families throughout the country and keeping everyone safe and well is a priority for us all. The decision to introduce unprecedented measures has not been taken lightly and I’m immensely proud at how our fostering community are showing just how resilient and resourceful they are. All across […]

Sibling Assessments in Care and Adoption

Barrister Judith Pepper writes about siblings in care proceedings and adoption in Family Law Week. The article aims to highlight from case law some of the issues that have arisen with poor quality assessments, and considers: the lack of proper sibling assessment at the time when decisions are made; some common errors; that sibling assessments should […]

Coram Voice Launches AdvoCat Animation

Coram Voice have created AdvoCat, an animated advocacy superhero character, to help younger children in care to understand and access advocacy and get their voices heard. Coram Voice worked with a group of primary aged children to find out what would help them understand and engage with advocacy, and developed the AdvoCat character as a […]

Foster Friday 20th March 2020

Foster Friday will take place on 20 March 2020. It is the UK’s biggest day for raising awareness about fostering and adoption within the Muslim community. The aim will be to get 100 mosques to sign up to committing to find one foster or adopter family over the next 12 months. The key theme for this year […]

Online safety – TikTok introduces “family safety mode”

The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child’s and have direct control over […]

Access to education for children in care

HuffPost UK reports that a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Department for Education (DfE) shows that government ministers have been asked to intervene 72 times over the last three years to use their powers to force academies to accept looked after children. Local authorities can force a council-run school to accept children, while […]

Accommodation for children in care – Consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers in England. It has been launched alongside a research report on the same topic and transparency data on looked after children in independent or semi-independent placements. The consultation seeks views on proposals to: ban placing children […]